An internationally renowned stone sculptor and Afro-music singer Bryn Taurai Mteki has blown up the super-star Oliver Mtukudzi family, abandoning the singer's disposal at the National Hero's Acre.
Mtukudzi died last Wednesday and was proclaimed a National Hero, who meant he was privileged to bury in a state sanctuary.
But his family abandoned the government's offer to dispose of him in the National Hero's Acre; instead Mtukudzi was buried in his country house in Madziv on Sunday. The Mtukudz family said his desire was buried among his ancestors.
Mteki said that their struggle as musicians to be granted Hero status was defeated by the family's refusal to bury him in a state sanctuary.
"As a musician I was so angry about this decision and as a friend
I would have recommended Mtukudzi to the family differently – I was away when this decision was made, but when I heard about it I was hated.
"This place; National Heroes Acre is a historic and sacred place. I feel painful that after all these years, when we, as artists lobbing for one of our own, there is an opportunity and we will deny it to be buried there."
Mtech said that Tuku fought for being a hero for the musicians because he actually sang a song, who is the hero?
"In the song he asks why Safirio Madzikatire was not declared a national hero – he fought for singer recognition."
The people of Zimbabwe from all walks of life had also been waiting for Tuku to be buried in the temple, and they were meant to fill this place on power, and the crowds who participated in his National Sports Stadium on Saturday showed he was a crowd of crowds.